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User (email@example.com) posted:
It is obviously unethical to claim WinRunner experience which the job
applicant does not have. Of course, the reason behind the unethical behavior
is obvious (as has been previously cited), with no experience the applicant
cannot get a job. With no job, the applicant cannot get experience.
HOWEVER, only one side of an ethical question has been examined here.
If an employer cannot tell that an applicant has only a few hours of 'book
the employer is using unqualified/incompetent interviewers. The use of
unqualified/incompetent interviewers is also very unethical.
The 'possession of a skill set' is not all that obvious. I have some 30
years of software experience, including some 10 years of testing. I was
hired (contract) to do some manual testing for a WinRunner shop. There was a
delay in the availability of the equipment for the manual testing. I was put
to work doing some record/playback WinRunner work. I saw that a couple of
custom fuctions would greatly simplify the job. Since I have a great deal of
C/C++ experience, I wrote the custom functions. By the end of the second
day, I was writing DDT scripts. How could this be? Well, it is a product of
30 years plus two days experience. Did I possess the WinRunner skill set?
If I did not, where did the TSL scripts come from?
AJ Bima - You took, unfortunately, a misguided angle on the whole question yourself. Honesty and integrity are what is at heart. Your response to the question, if posed by an experienced or inexperienced interviewer should be the truth, regardless of how much other experience you have in the software industry. It is your job as the interviewee, to express to the interviewer that although you do not have specific working knowledge of WinRunner at that time, you do possess the 30 other years of software/programming experience and are confident that you could step right in and pick it up if given the chance. Every person is different, and the 30 years software experience you have puts you in a whole other class than the majority of testers out there. Trying to justify dishonesty is irresponsible. Put yourself in the position of someone who has their own company and is looking for people. Do you want to interview liars? Do you want to sit down, define a specific set of skills that are needed to perform a job, set out to hire someone who you feel sure can handle the requirements, nly to find out that you are paying for that person to learn the stuff he said he already knew on your time and dime????